The Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) program is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) that provides counselling, family tracing and reunion support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (prioritising members of the Stolen Generations).
AHA was appointed by DoHA in May 2012 to:
- Develop a high level evaluation and monitoring framework for the program at a national level
- Develop resources for services to undertake evaluation and continuous improvement.
The Framework was recently completed and was designed to help SEWB services to:
- Build the evidence base for effective approaches to providing culturally secure healing and social and emotional wellbeing counselling
- Strengthen data collection systems that support organisations to gather information that is useful in planning and monitoring services
- Better identify client needs and improve client outcomes.
The development of the Framework included:
- A review of SEWB policy and program documentation
- Development of a program logic in order to assist with understanding the diversity of Link Up and SEWB counselling programs
- Analysis of existing data collection and reporting processes so that the Framework did not duplicate existing data collection activities
- Consultation with Link Up and SEWB counselling service providers and the department.